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Sun Feb 2, 2014, 01:40 AM

4. Talks over, little sign of progress towards Syria peace

BEIRUT: Syrian government and opposition delegations leave 10 days of peace talks with few results and a follow-up meeting uncertain, but analysts and negotiators say the discussions are an important beginning.

The immediate post-mortem on the talks from Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem was blunt. “I regret to tell you that we have not reached tangible results during this week,” he said as the talks wrapped up in Geneva on Friday.

A second round of talks is proposed for Feb 10, but Muallem said he could not confirm the regime’s participation without first consulting President Bashar al-Assad.

And the tone in Syria’s state media on Saturday was far from conciliatory. “In Geneva, the Syrian [government] delegation spoke as the voice of Syrian rights. They spoke from the heart,” said government daily Al-Thawra.

It said the opposition, by contrast, had said “nothing but what was dictated to them on a piece of paper by their master. They were a subservient humiliated slave, and an obedient client,” it charged, alluding to the opposition’s Gulf Arab and Western backers.

Read more: http://www.dawn.com/news/1084310/talks-over-little-sign-of-progress-towards-syria-peace

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